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The Henry Graves Jr. Supercomplication has long been known as the World’s Most Famous Watch.

 

A November 11th auction in Geneva reaffirmed this status. The timepiece sold for a recording breaking $24 million.

The Patek Philippe–designed watch was created as the result of a 1925 “contest” between two watch collectors, New York City banking magnate Henry Graves Jr. and automaker James Ward Packard, to see who could create the most complicated watch.

The $24 million final price smashed its estimate of $17 million, and more than doubled its 1999 hammer price of $11 million, which at the time set a record for a watch purchased at auction.

 

The Henry Graves Jr Supercomplication is a 14k gold watch which comprises 900 individual parts and boasts 24 complications (features other than time), including a perpetual calendar that extends to the year 2100, indications for the time of sunset and sunrise, a stopwatch for hours and minutes, an alarm, a map of the sky over Graves’ New York City apartment, and chimes that sound like Big Ben.

It is an exquisite handcrafted timepiece that may never be matched without a machine!

The Once and Future King… Preowned Patek Philippe Calatrava 5127J Revisited!

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In Patek, luxury watch buyers find a champion of enduring beauty whose commitment to traditional dress watch aesthetics spans generations of bygone design fads.

The Geneva stalwart built its name on formal watches, but amid all of the auction-circuit hype driven by Patek complications, it’s important to note that the company’s modern icon remains the 1932 Calatrava.

A simple three-hand watch, it practically defined the rules for a men’s dress reference.

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The basic Calatrava aesthetic endures with mild refinements in this reference 5127J. Produced from 2005 to 2012, the 5127J exhibits the calling cards of a classic Calatrava.

Whereas most round watches of the era featured a jarring transition from round case to straight lugs, the Calatrava blended the two into a seamless continuity that flowed from lug to lug.

In the 5127, Patek Philippe‘s signature “Calatrava” lugs merge with a case that measures 37mm in diameter. It’s large enough to retain a masculine presence alongside modern watches, but it retains the effortless elegance of the original.

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Critically, the 5127 projects an aura of confidence; because it has survived the trials of time and buried legions of transient vogues, the Calatrava is an ideal match for a man who stands above the self-conscious fashion fray.

The secret we are talking about is Patek Philippe’s 175th Anniversary Grandmaster Chime. This beautiful timepiece has a dazzling white dial inside a glowing circle of rose gold.

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This intricate timepiece required 8 years to create. It is 47 mm in diameter and 16.1 mm thick. The movement has 1,366 components, including three gongs and three hammers, 20 complications and two dials.

The elaborate case has 214 parts including a hand-engraved laurel wreath that recalls pocket-watches of centuries past.

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It has 4 chiming complications. One new complication is an alarm that chimes the time for which it is set. Set the alarm for 7:30 and you will hear seven hour tones and two quarter-hour tones. If set for 1 o’clock—a time that would sound only one easy-to-miss tone—the alarm sounds at 12:58 with 12 hour tones, three quarter-hour tones and 13 minute tones. The other new complication, the date repeater, chimes the date.

This watch is very special. Only seven will be produced—six for clients and one for the Patek Philippe Museum. Its price is 2.5 million Swiss francs, or $2.6 million.

The 1966 line from Girard-Perregaux is easily the purest from this manufacture of haute horlogerie.

What makes the 1966 line so interesting is that it is everything a fine watch should be, but with a dose of real world wearability. They are all sized correctly with traditional aesthetics and a super fine finishing. Most of them are self-winding and feature complications you can actually use, like a dual time.

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The local time is displayed via two luminous gold leaf-shaped hands over a railroad-style minute track, while the home time is shown on a satin-finished 24-hour track on the inner dial.

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On the new dual time timepiece the local time is incredibly easy to set via two pushers at 2 and 4 o’clock. Each pusher is engraved with a plus or minus to let you know which way the hand will move.

This watch has a superb look and is great for everyday wear!

One of the most talked about celebrity couples over the last 10 years finally wed last month after over 9 years together.

Brad and Angelina had a spectacular wedding, but Angelina really outdid herself with her wedding gift to Brad.

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She bought him a 1952 Patek Philippe Platinum Chronometer estimated to be worth about $3.2 million.

Jolie took the watch to a shop to be engraved with “To Roly from Nessa.” This is a reference to their roles in the film they are currently filming, By The Sea.

The name Patek Philippe is among the most powerful in the entire watch industry. It is synonymous with class, conservatism, high auction values, price legitimacy, and some of the best looking traditional watches now or ever made.

Most Patek Philippe watches that yield not-so-small fortunes during auctions as extremely rare, often unique pieces made for special collectors. Most of these bespoke Patek Philippe watches were produced in the first half of the 20th century, during a time when Patek Philippe was much more open to design and product experimentation.

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Sky Moon Tourbillon 6002G
-one of the most widely recognized watches that Patek Philippe has ever made
– intricate engravings adorning its 18k white gold case
-stellar illustration of the northern sky as well as indications for sidereal time on a 24-hour scale, time of meridian passage of Sirius and of the moon, along with the angular progression and the phase of the moon
-$1,500,000

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Reference 3448 Rare Automatic Perpetual Calendar In Pink Gold
– first automatic perpetual calendar wristwatch ever made by any manufacture
-only 586 were produced over nearly two decades and then it was retired
-the only Reference 3448 known to be made in pink gold
-$2,338,219

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Reference 1527 Perpetual Calendar in 18k Rose gold
-most expensive wristwatch by Patek Philippe ever sold on auction
-produced during the second World War
-its elongated and slightly curved lugs, its dial layout and its unusually large diameter for the time of 37.6 mm all preceded other famous Patek references by at least a decade
-$5,708,885

An 18-carat gold timepiece made by Patek Philippe is expected to sell at auction for $16.5 million!

The watch was commissioned in 1925 by New York banker Henry Graves and it is considered to be the most complicated watch ever made. It took 8 years to make by hand.

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Indisputably this is the “Holy Grail” of watches, The Henry Graves Supercomplication combines the Renaissance ideal of the unity of beauty and craftsmanship with the apogee of science.

The 18-carat gold openface watch was the culmination of three years of research and two years of painstaking craftsmanship.

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The watch features a perpetual calendar, moon phases, sidereal time, power reserve, and indications for time of sunset and sunrise and the night sky of New York City.

This is the second time it is being sold at auction, after being bought in 1999 for a record-breaking $11m. It became the most expensive timepiece ever sold at auction, but is now set to enter the record books for a second time.

It will go to auction on November 11.

Horology is the science of time, timekeeping, and timekeepers. Knowing how to wind and set your watch is important for anyone interested in this science.

A timepiece can be a big investment, so it is imperative that you know how to keep them in top condition. It’s always a good time for a primer on setting and winding a watch—whether the timepiece is powered by a battery, requires near-daily winding, or winds itself when worn on the wrist.

Check out this informative video from David Lee, the Vice President of Certified Pre-Owned at Tourneau, as he offers an easy-to-understand guide to the fundamentals of horology: How To Wind and Set Your Watch

We hope this helps you understand how to keep your timepiece in great working condition!

Though many fine timepieces are built to last more than a lifetime, watches are subject to everyday stresses like dings, magnetization, and contact with rain or perspiration.

A general rule of thumb? Visit your local repair shop for a quick look  every year or two—as well as a full service approximately every five years.

Here are a few reliable indicators that it’s a good idea to have an expert take a look at your prized timepiece:

1. Moisture in the case

2. The second hand skips several seconds

3. You hear a rattle inside the case, or the hands on the dial seem ‘loose.’

4. The watch is fast or slow (4-6 seconds) throughout the day

If your timepieces are experiencing any of these indicators, get it checked out immediately!

New from Rolex, the Deepsea D-Blue Dial is perfect for the water lover! It is waterproof to the extreme depth of 3,900 metres!

It has a 44 mm Oyster case that is reinforced with the patented Ringlock System, which was designed to withstand water pressure equivalent to the weight of 3-tons on the crystal. The Oyster case and monobloc case middle are made in 904L stainless steel and the solid case back is made in G5 titanium. It is very practical and wearable. 

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As a tribute to the partnership between Rolex and filmmaker-explorer James Cameron, the “DEEPSEA” marking on the D-blue dial is the same green colour as Cameron’s submersible as perceived underwater. 

The timepiece is fitted with a 904L stainless steel Oyster bracelet with flat three-piece solid links, an Oysterlock safety clasp and the patented Glidelock and Fliplock diving extension systems. 

It is a remarkable watch!

Sometimes, less is more. That  seems to be the current trend in the higher echelons of horology.

Despite the world being enthralled by technological advances, the finest watchmakers stick to relatively simple designs. They believe that their costumers are not looking to be flashy. The US President of Patek Philippe, Larry Pettinelli, says “Our customers aren’t usually trying to show the world that they’ve made it, most people don’t recognize our watches from 10 feet away unless they’re collectors.”

Here are some examples of Patek Philippe’s latest timepieces:

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These pieces are beautiful and amazingly built– everything you have come to expect from Patek. They are not over the top  and people enjoy that. Even complicated-watch fans are starting to acknowledge the absurdity of certain gizmos.

It seems that simple is the new way to go.

Jaegar-Lecoultre was by no means disappointing at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva , but after months of anticipation, potential clients were left wanting more. There were rumours of a completely new collection, but the watches were no where in sight.

However, it was all worth the wait! Jaegar-Lecoultre introduced the Hybris Artistica Collection. The collection includes 12 watches and they are all spectacular! Each model represents an unprecedented blend of design, technical construction, watchmaking art and exquisite craftsmanship to achieve the point of equilibrium that dramatically expresses the Manufacture’s mastery and style.

Here are a couple of the models from the Hybris Artistica Collection:

Master Grande Tradition Gyrotourbillon 3

 

 

Master Grande Tradition Tourbillon Celeste

 

 

These are only 2 of the 12 models in the Hybris Artistica Collection. They are all amazing, so check them out today!